US papers give Sarkozy front-page treatment

7th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2007 (AFP) - Leading US newspapers gave French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy front-page treatment Monday, publishing reports from their correspondents in Paris detailing his election victory.

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2007 (AFP) - Leading US newspapers gave French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy front-page treatment Monday, publishing reports from their correspondents in Paris detailing his election victory.

But while news coverage was extensive, editorial commentary was scarce.

The New York Times refrained from editorializing on the French election outcome, as did The Washington Post and USA Today.

But The Post published an article by its columnist, Jim Hoagland, who cautions that Sarkozy's success during the election campaign does not automatically guarantee success in governing.

"Do not expect Sarkozy to be as immediately active in dismantling Chirac's foreign policy, which sought to establish Europe as a counterweight to American influence abroad," Hoagland writes. "Sarkozy is impressed far more by what the United States does at home than by its global aims and presence. He would like France to emulate America's domestic dynamism, not the Bush administration's ambitious reach abroad."

However, Sarkozy's victory was hailed by the conservative Wall Street Journal.

"He can make history -- and carve out a new role for France in the world -- by moving fast to meet his countrymen's expectations of a new direction," The Journal said in an editorial.

While pointing out that Sarkozy has not always been ideologically consistent during the race, the newspaper said that "the French voters, in their wisdom, couldn't have come up with a more different man to replace President Jacques Chirac."

"Mr. Sarkozy brings energy, youth and daring to the Élysée. Better buckle up for the ride," The Journal said.

Leading US Jewish group says Sarkozy 'long admired'

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2007 (AFP) - The leading US Jewish organization on Sunday hailed the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France, saying US Jews have "long admired" him because of his dedication to democratic values and "empathy for the threats" faced by Israel.

"We have long admired Nicolas Sarkozy as a political leader deeply committed to France's democratic values, his readiness to confront threats to those principles, and his dedication to strengthening trans-Atlantic relations," David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, said in a statement.

He went on to note that the AJC has enjoyed a cooperative and productive relationship with Sarkozy since he became interior minister in 2002.

At a time when Jews felt threatened by the rise of anti-Semitism across France, Sarkozy played a critical role in moving the French government to recognize the gravity of the problem, Harris said.

The group also said that Sarkozy was instrumental in stepping up police protection around Jewish buildings and schools and arresting and prosecuting individuals who commit anti-Semitic acts.

"Further, AJC appreciates Sarkozy's empathy for the threats Israel faces, and looks forward to discussing with the new president ways that France, working within the EU, can effectively contribute to the quest for peace and security for Israel and her neighbors," the organization said in a statement.


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